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September 17, 2002

Policy Break: The Iraqi Chessboard


According to a NY Times editorial for September 17 on “The Iraqi Chessboard,” Saddam’s unconditional offer to allow U.N. inspection “could open the way to resolving the crisis peacefully and should certainly be tested.” Of course they admit that Saddam may just be trying to jerk the U.N. Security Council around on his program to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, but they opine that “[i]t shouldn’t take long to tell whether Iraq will really give inspectors a free hand, or will follow its invitation with limitations that render it meaningless.”


We seemed to go on for years back in the middle-1990’s with an impotent game of cat-and-mouse inspection; how long d’you suppose the Times means by “too long” in this instance? After all, the 34 years that separate us from 1968 haven’t been long enough for the Times editorial staff (in the interests of full disclosure, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party) to abandon its knee-jerk opposition to the use of force by the U.S. Maybe we could throw a few cruise missiles at the Iraqis and then forget about them for a decade or so. We’ve got an unemployed ex-president who could serve as a crackerjack consultant for that sort of program.



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